Building a More Perfect Union | National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice

Join us as we debate some of the most critical issues facing our nation today with leaders from across the country discussing subjects ranging from national security to responsibilities of citizens to the court system and beyond. This event is the culmination of a multi-city series, including topics on Civil Rights and Individual FreedomLGBTQ Human Rights and Civil RightsWomen’s Rights and Gender EqualityImmigration: Barriers and Access, and Educational Access and Equity.




Join the Conversation:


Schedule: Wednesday June 21, 2017

At 7:00 p.m. 

The National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice will open with a keynote on the "Civil Rights and the Role of an Impartial Judiciary" by Tanya Chutkan, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

At 8:00 p.m. 

A conversation on "Reflections on Civil and Human Rights Movements: From 1960 to Today" with

  • A'Lelia Bundles, Journalist and Author;
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn, U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district;
  • Courtland Cox, Board President, SNCC Legacy Project;
  • Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Civil and Human Rights Center; and
  • Joyce Ladner, American civil rights activist, author, civil servant, and sociologist.


Schedule: Thursday June 22, 2017

At 10:30 a.m. 

"Individual Freedom and National Security in an Age of Terrorism" with:

  • Ray Suarez, Journalist and Author;
  • Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law;
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security; and
  • Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager at Access Now.
At 1:30 p.m.

“Enlightened and Engaged: Education for Democracy?” with:

  • Betsy Devos, Secretary of Education (keynote);
  • Lauren Camera, Education Journalist, U.S. News and World Report;
  • Peter Bonilla, Vice President of Programs, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE);
  • Peggy S. Jackson, NBCT, NCSS President;
  • Daniel J. McGrath, Chief of the Assessment Division Reporting and Dissemination Branch of the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education; and
  • Scott Warren, Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen.
At 3:00 p.m. 

"The Responsibility of Citizens in the Modern Era" with:

  • Michel Martin, Journalist, NPR;
  • David Azerrad, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation;
  • Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union;
  • K. Sabeel Rahman​, Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School; and
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
At 7:00 p.m. 

Closing Keynote Conversation on “The United States of America: A Democratic Nation in an Open Global Society” with;

  • Soledad O'Brien, Journalist and Author;
  • William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense;
  • Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President and CEO of the Meridican International Center; and
  • Ambassador John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence.

Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.